So I am happy to report that after MONTHS of packing Jynx with food, she's slowly starting to gain weight. I'm still not happy, she's carrying a nice summer weight now but not what I like to see in our bitter -4o winters. She's gained about 50+ pounds and is back around 1000lbs.
In summer, I had to feed her myself so I scrambled out everyday to give her roughly 1 pound of dry beet pulp (soaked), 3 pounds of alfalfa pellets and 3 pounds of Cool Command. Which is a LOT of food for one seating and took her forever to eat.
I got her a box stall as soon as I could, which she's been in the last few months. Unfortunately, we have VERY limited service where I board. They can barely handle feeding and watering, much less complex feeding plans. Due to the cold, I altered her feed to 3 pounds of Cool Command morning and night (6 pounds total). It didn't seem to help, so I finally turned to my tried and true best friend - sweet feed. I don't care what anyone says, it's always done the job. I started her on 1.5 pounds morning and night and didn't see a difference so upped her to 3 pounds morning and night (6 pounds total). Again, a LOT of food.
So she's FINALLY gained the weight I want to see. This mare has free choice hay and water all day long, and at night she gets about 10 pounds of a GOOD alfalfa mix. She's UTD on proper rotational deworming and just had her teeth done in spring. I don't understand why this is such a battle!
Anyway, the sweet feed has made her go LOCO. My dear Jynxy has turned into a bomb. She's still her sweet self, but due to the small paddock she's in, she simply doesn't get enough "energy burn" time. Our rides are less then productive as we spend half of them just trying to get her to settle - she's not being mean, she's just FULL of herself and having trouble concentrating.
Sorry for the novel - any suggestions? I have a million ideas, but unfortunately I simply can't trust the staff to handle anything more complicated then BASIC stuff - I'd love to get a good oil into her, but I highly doubt they can handle it. :roll: Now that she's gained some weight, I've cut her sweet feed back to 3 pounds total daily cut into two feedings.
Anybody else have any luck with a basic feed? Or should I look at maybe just upping her Cool Command? It's a complete feed so you can feed a lot more daily, a lot safer, then a grain like sweet feed. Thanks guys!